Chambers invites applications for pupillage starting in September 2022. All applications are to be made through the Pupillage Gateway in the 2021 timetable. Pupils are normally allocated four supervisors in the course of their 12 month pupillage to ensure that each pupil sees a variety of work of differing levels of complexity within Chambers. We are committed to providing pupils with comprehensive training in the core skills required for practice. Pupils are encouraged to prepare drafts of pleadings, advice, letters and other documents, as well as preparing skeleton arguments for hearings. They also attend in person/virtual conferences with clients, hearings in court, arbitrations, adjudications and mediations. We place a great deal of emphasis on the quality of our advocacy and organise a series of mock court hearings to ensure that our pupils are fully prepared for practice as specialist advocates. In the second six months, we also get our pupils into court as much as possible.
The experience of pupillage at Keating Chambers is a rewarding, challenging and enjoyable one, and as such our pupils invariably want to apply for tenancy. Our retention rate of pupils to tenants is high and in the last two years we have taken on 5 pupils (83%).
In light of COVID-19, we are currently running 1-day virtual minipupillages. These will be done in groups and comprise: a morning Q&A with a junior barrister on life at the Construction Bar, a set piece of work that is then discussed in the afternoon and a talk on advocacy by a QC. Mini-pupillage is a good way to familiarise yourself with us and our work but it is not a prerequisite to an application for a pupillage. Application forms are available on our website. We will keep under review the date to recommence physical 2-day mini-pupillages.
Chambers’ Selection Criteria
Save in exceptional cases, we expect applicants to have an upper second or first class degree, whether in law or not. No specialist or technical knowledge of construction or engineering is required, however a sound understanding of the principles of contract and tort law is essential. Our selection criteria are available on our website.
Keating Chambers is fully committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services and all applications (be it for staff, tenants, pupils or mini-pupils) are considered on merit alone. All our selection procedures are operated without discrimination, that is to say without regard to irrelevant considerations such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, or age. We welcome applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage from candidates from all backgrounds and all sectors of the community with the ability and determination to succeed as a barrister. If you are disabled and require any adjustments at any stage, please inform us and we will try to accommodate your needs. Chambers participates in the Pegasus Access & Support Scheme (PASS).
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